Duty is one and invariable; it requires no impossibilities, nor can it ever be disregarded with impunity; so far as it exists, it is binding, so as on no account to be neglected. How can one bind stronger than another? Henry D. Thoreau.Essay, written 1837.
There is no evil that we cannot either face or fly from, but the consciousness of duty disregarded. A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Diety. Daniel Webster.Argument on the Trial of John F. Knapp.